Man who robbed elderly woman on mobility scooter in Cheetham Hill arrested after police chase

He stole her bag and a "large amount" of her money.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 5th February 2024

A man who robbed an elderly woman on a mobility scooter in Cheetham Hill has been arrested following a police chase.

It comes after officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were called to reports of a robbery on Woodlands Road in the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester, just after 11pm last Saturday night (3 February).

During the distressing incident, it’s believed that a man approached an elderly woman on a mobility scooter, and “forcibly” stole her bag from her.

He then ran off with “a large amount” of her money, GMP explained.

Police say they were on the scene “immediately” following the reports to support the victim, who was understandably shaken, but was able to brief officers with a description of the suspect.

Woodlands Road in Cheetham Hill, where the robbery occurred / Credit: Google Maps

After receiving information about the suspect’s description, two other police officers then proceed to chased the suspect.

Despite trying to scale a fence during the police chase in a bid to get away from officers, the suspect was eventually stopped in his tracks by as they caught him, and during his struggle trying to escape, he also lost several bank notes.


The man was then detained and searched, GMP has confirmed, and police were able to successfully recover the victim’s bag and her money to return to her.

Following the incident, which GMP has called “cruel and cowardly”, it’s been confirmed that the man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery, and he currently remains in police custody for questioning. 

“This was a cruel and cowardly attack against an elderly woman,” commented Chief Inspector Paul Nolan, from GMP’s North Manchester division.


“We do not underestimate the psychological impact of offences of this nature, and we will continue to support her as we progress this case. This was great work by our response officers whose teamwork and fast thinking meant we were able to detain the suspect quickly, and I am pleased that we were able to return the items to the victim.

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“I hope this demonstrates that we will stop at nothing to hunt down those responsible for abhorrent actions like this and bring them to justice.”

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